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    New Fastest Car (Again)

    An obscure American automaker now has the world’s fastest car

    On Oct. 10, the reptilian SSC Tuatara hypercar posted an average speed of 316.11 mph while driving on a seven-mile stretch of two-lane Highway 160 outside Las Vegas. The result beat, by a large margin, two high marks set last year by Bugatti’s pre-production Chiron prototype (304.77 mph) and one that the Koenigsegg Agera RS set for production cars in 2017 (277.87 mph).

    Oliver Webb, the 29-year-old Englishman who drove the Tuatara, hit 301.07 mph on his first run and 331.15 mph on his second run in the opposite direction. The average of those times will count as the official fastest time. The record-breaking event was verified by two witnesses sanctioned by Guinness World Records.

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    Re: New Fastest Car (Again)

    Now that’s fast!


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    Re: New Fastest Car (Again)

    can't wait to see one show up @ 'coffee & cars' …………..
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    Re: New Fastest Car (Again)

    The car has nice lines too!

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    Re: New Fastest Car (Again)

    Quote Originally Posted by Alpinist View Post
    The car has nice lines too!

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    At these speeds it's super critical - see this below from the enclosed Top Gear article
    Link: SSC’s Tuatara is the fastest car in the world with 331mph top speed | Top Gear

    " ... power only gets you so far. The Tuatara’s crazy v-max comes in no small part from the outlandish design of its carbon fibre bodywork. That bit is the work of Jason Castriota, he of Maserati Birdcage Concept, Ferrari P4/5, Ford Mach-E and Saab Phoenix fame. From the outset, Castriota stressed the focus on delivering a crazy 0.279 drag coefficient and an aero-centric philosophy. The Tuatara’s slinky ability to pierce through the air effectively is obvious towards the end of the run; the Tuatara furiously blasts from 250-300mph and beyond, not pausing for breath. Now check out Bugatti’s run – where the Chiron is headbutting an aerodynamic wall."




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    Re: New Fastest Car (Again)

    Quote Originally Posted by Nikhil View Post
    At these speeds it's super critical - see this below from the enclosed Top Gear article
    Link: SSC’s Tuatara is the fastest car in the world with 331mph top speed | Top Gear

    " ... power only gets you so far. The Tuatara’s crazy v-max comes in no small part from the outlandish design of its carbon fibre bodywork. That bit is the work of Jason Castriota, he of Maserati Birdcage Concept, Ferrari P4/5, Ford Mach-E and Saab Phoenix fame. From the outset, Castriota stressed the focus on delivering a crazy 0.279 drag coefficient and an aero-centric philosophy. The Tuatara’s slinky ability to pierce through the air effectively is obvious towards the end of the run; the Tuatara furiously blasts from 250-300mph and beyond, not pausing for breath. Now check out Bugatti’s run – where the Chiron is headbutting an aerodynamic wall."




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    the peanut gallery in the comment section has already discredited this feat because the SSC is not a crash tested, 52 state emissions legal car eligible for sale not only in California but the ROTW...whatever. Props to Nelson Engines for building the powerplant, SoCal legends they are.
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    Re: New Fastest Car (Again)

    Quote Originally Posted by puroagave View Post
    the peanut gallery in the comment section has already discredited this feat because the SSC is not a crash tested, 52 state emissions legal car eligible for sale not only in California but the ROTW...whatever. Props to Nelson Engines for building the powerplant, SoCal legends they are.

    My point is the crazy low drag coefficient. At 300+ mph the air is like tar.
    No amount of engine power is going to make you go faster without reducing drag.



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    Re: New Fastest Car (Again)

    I'm terrified over 120 mph in my Porsche Cayman S. Its the fear of lift and turning into a leaf in the wind. As the driver is backing down and still in the 200s, I'm thinking no production car even does that.

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